Chris Froome, the British cyclist, has been rammed off the road in a hit-and-run attack.
The three-time Tour de France winner and Olympic medallist’s bike was left badly damaged after he was struck “on purpose by an impatient driver”.
Froome said he was “thankfully okay” after being deliberately hit by the driver, who is said to have followed him onto the pavement, while training in southern France.
He posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday morning of his crumpled bike at the side of the road after it was “totaled” in the incident.
Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay 🙏 Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017
Froome, the 31-year-old Team Sky rider who lives in Monaco, said he was not hurt in the incident.
The picture was geotagged from Beausoleil in France, close to his home.
Froome’s post led to his social media followers sharing their outrage – and relief that he was not hurt:
Glad you're ok. Stay safe. Hope the driver gets caught.
— Paul Davies (@docpgd) May 9, 2017
That's just nuts! Glad you're okay.
— Chris Young (@ChrisWardYoung) May 9, 2017
OMG… thank God you are okay !!
— Patricia Moens (@MoensPatricia) May 9, 2017
Unbelievable, glad your ok
— Steve Butterworth (@stevewillbe) May 9, 2017
Glad to hear that you're not seriously injured!
— Rachel (@super_ruck) May 9, 2017
Pleased your okay! First dibs on whatever is left of the bike? 😂
— Martin Bennett (@_martinbennett) May 9, 2017
Froome was handed his third yellow jersey in July last year when he rode into Paris after finishing a tricky final mountain stage safely.
After winning the race in 2013 and 2105, he became the first rider since Miguel Indurain in 1995 to win three Tours de France. Froome is now in training to defend his title in July.